• Dec 7th 2009 at 1:00PM
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Just when we thought we were going to wait until the end of March to get our hands on Gran Turismo 5, our friends at Joystiq tell us that Polyphony Digital will release a demo version of hotly anticipated racing game on December 17. The demo will be available on the Playstation Network for download both in Europe and North America, giving long-patient fans a taste of what the full game will be like when it finally arrives in stores.

And as cool as it is that the demo arrives within two weeks time, even cooler is the fact that gamers will be given the opportunity to compete for some nifty prizes. All you have to do is post your best time trial by January 24, 2010. The best time from the U.S. and Canada wins a trip to the Indianapolis 500. A sweet prize, no doubt, but it doesn't come close to the top Euro prize. The best driver from select European countries gets to enter the GT Academy. After completing training the lucky skilled gamer will race in the European GT4 Cup in a non-virtual race-spec Nissan 370Z. How amazing is that?

It would be even better if GT5 actually shipped on December 17, but it looks like we won't be racing one of the world's best driving simulators until March at the earliest. Hit the jump to view a slick video that contains more information about the GT Academy.

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[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "The best driver from select European countries gets to enter the GT Academy. After completing training the lucky skilled gamer will race in the European GT4 Cup in a non-virtual race-spec Nissan 370Z. How amazing is that?"

      That would be cool except it's gonna suck for the GT Academy when their 15 year old boy racers try to run their real race-spec 370Z along the wall the whole time to win the race like they do in the game.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at the difference in GT3, GT4, and GT5 in March. Then look at the difference in Forza 1, 2 and 3.

      Turn10 milks its fanbase while PD innovates and even though it takes awhile actually puts out games that are worth spending another 60 bucks.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Turn 10 actually has a schedule and sticks to it. I know, it's foreign to you GT fanbois.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I use my logitech G25 with Forza? Enough said. That wheel does wonders (With GT5P)...and I actually corner better in real life...go figure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But I thought GT5 Prologue WAS the demo of GT5?!?!!?!?

      Why did I pay 30 bucks for Prologue then?

      I NEED my freaking 30 bucks back!!!!!..... that way I'll only need 30 more bucks and be able to afford GT5 when it comes out! yay.... nah... I already have NFS Shift... same crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That game is so buggy and has so many glitches that it's not even worth playing anymore. EA royally screwed themselves on that one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I may have to buy a PS3 just for this game
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope not...I don't wanna get raped on the initial release price gouging!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You might be buying a PS4
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm planning to buy one just for this game as well. Can't wait to play it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Polyphony Digital Gran Turismo Vaporware: The slow development and delivery to a consumer for this game is epic even in actual automotive-terms. I would not let some producer (Mr. Yamaouchi) hold my franchise hostage.

      I own all the GT games and compared to other titles they do actually suck. The cars DO NOT handle like the real ones and in some cases they did guess (for example in GT4 the real GTO and Chrysler Crossfire are not even close). Codemasters makes really accurate racing sims for consoles.

      When you look at other videogame franchises' this is a joke and Yamaouchi must be milking Sony for every dime. I don't own a 360 but Forza looks pretty good and its getting to the point that I value my PS3 LESS for games and more for entertainment.

      I hear the delays are driven by manufacturers (aka Toyota and the LF-A) wanting say on how the product works. There will be NO damage on production cars. When I can drive and bounce off walls with no consequence don't tell me its a "sim". And for that why such a long wait...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The gallery over at Joystiq from last week is much better... just sayin. :-X

      At least you all provided the link...
      • 5 Years Ago
      how long does it take to be a European citizen?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's easy. Just surrender to the nearest Army and you're automatically French.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or only drive your car in reverse! Seriously..I'm ubber jealous that this is EU only but they deserve it considering the amount of game related BS they go through, that and this would never fly in America because if you crashed your parents would want to sue the entire world. Also..I believe it may be a weight and height thing as well...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at all the FM3 fanboys coming out of the woodwork. Guess what, shorter development time =/= better game. Just because Forza came out with more (marginal) sequels does not mean Forza is a superior racing franchise. That Microsoft forces T10 to have short turn-around times for more money actually speaks less about the company to me than PD, which enjoys taking its sweet time (I prefer the latter).

      Don't get me wrong--I like Forza, and have bought all 3. But to flat-out refuse to be interested or want to buy one of the greatest car simulation franchises (Gran Turismo) blows my mind. How can GT5 be vaporware if it has been slowly progressing, with a prologue and demo version out? The development mirrors GT4's development. Since when does Polyphony Digital employ hundreds of people for vaporware? Get over your console fanboy loyalism, yeesh.

      That said, I'll buy a PS3 when the real GT5 comes out, not this demo. I've been waiting for years, I can wait one or two more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's damage on all cars- the more extensive damage is on race cars (real time, not pre-rendered like most other drving games). Here's from the recent interview with Kazunori Yamauchi (GT5 head):

      “The damage physics are going to be applied to things like a bent suspension arm, tires hitting the wheel wells of a car, deformation of the body affecting alignment, the loss of power to the engine. We’re still working on setting the sensitivity level of of the damage. You can have it so if you have a single hit your car isn’t going to be able to be driven anymore. It’s a matter of adjustment.”

      The release date for Japan is set for March 31, 2010. According to Kaz, all the version (EU, NA and JP) will be finished at the same time. Sony however will determine the release date for outside Japan.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      look at all the ms employees trying to make us believe gt is a copy of forza and not otherwise...

      and who cars i it tooks 15 years to come out?if there is nothing thats better out there i will wait for this game...
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